Loading with KUKA Robots

Jan 5, 2014

KUKA robotics has a variety of robot options for your loading and unloading applications. A company who makes precision machining tools invested in a KUKA loading robot to handle a wide range of blanks and finished tools. KUKA was able to provide the perfect robot with a specific EOAT, one that was flexible and highly reliable.


Load­ing and unload­ing are two of the most com­mon mate­r­i­al han­dling appli­ca­tions per­formed by robots. Many com­pa­nies, like KUKA Robot­ics, have requests for load­ing robots that can take the place of man­u­al labor in their load­ing and unload­ing pro­duc­tion areas because robots move faster than the human work­ers cur­rent­ly per­form­ing the tasks.

Some­times though, a load­ing robot is not tak­ing the place of man­u­al labor at all. Some­times, that robot is tak­ing the place of anoth­er robot, one that moves less effi­cient­ly than the man­u­fac­tur­er requires. This was the case for Dihart, a man­u­fac­tur­er of pre­ci­sion machin­ing tools that decid­ed to invest in a KUKA load­ing robot to replace a gantry robot on the line. Dihart required an accu­rate KUKA robot­ic loader that could han­dle a wide range of blanks and fin­ished tools, which it could then load and unload into a turn­ing cen­ter. The grip­per on the solu­tion had to be flex­i­ble, and the sys­tem had to be high­ly reliable.

KUKA picked their best load­ing robot­ic sys­tem for the job, ensur­ing that it could load blanks into the turn­ing cen­ter and remove them once the tools had been milled, accord­ing to the KUKA web­site. The three-fin­ger end effec­tor used was ver­sa­tile enough to pick up an array of mate­ri­als and move them into pre­cise posi­tions. The robot­ic machine loader from KUKA was a suc­cess. It had short set-up times and process reli­a­bil­i­ty, along with high pre­ci­sion, which led to an increase in pro­duc­tiv­i­ty overall.

When com­pa­nies are look­ing to auto­mate their machine load­ing appli­ca­tions, where should they go? To Robots​.com, of course! Robots​.com pro­vides solu­tions from sev­er­al dif­fer­ent robot­ics com­pa­nies, includ­ing KUKA Robot­ics. We have access to KUKA’s entire cat­a­log of robots, con­trollers, soft­ware and end effec­tors, allow­ing us to put togeth­er just the right sys­tem for your appli­ca­tion and bud­get needs.

For more infor­ma­tion about automat­ing with Robots​.com, con­tact us online or at 8777626881.

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